Always tweaking something!

The New “Baby” Has Arrived

Day 6071
vaccine day 120
109 days into retirement

I as going to write about this the day it actually happened, but life got in the way and shot happens, ya know? Thought the snow might hold off. Wellll, mostly. Spent a total of 2.5 hours on the walk through and learning how to connect the 5th wheel hitch. It’s different.

Finally got to hit the road and see how the new to me big truck handled the even newer to me camper. The old truck salesman line “you’ll never know it’s back there” definitely wasn’t true. There’s no way to NOT know that 7 tons of trailer is behind you. Still, the truck handled it well, just have to remember to leave enough room on the inside of turns.

Got home and had the first chance to back this puppy into it’s parking spot. With the pivot point of the 5th wheel being in the middle of the truck bed rather than on the bumper, I have to move the rear end of the truck WAAAYYY more to get any reaction out of the trailer. Not an insurmountable problem. I’ll learn. I’ll also take advantage of every “pull-through” site I can get.

Here’s where I show you how well the snow held off. These were taken about an hour after we got home. Had a little lake effect band blow through and left us a little April Fools day treat.

Here’s the Beast pretending to be in tow mode.
Kinda from the other side.
The future abode. The cedars & hemlocks aren’t going with us.

We have managed to get all the gear transferred, but still have to get a grip on the overall organization. Biggest surprise? The sound system doesn’t have a CD player. I’ll be spending a hunk of time getting a bunch of our music ripped and transferred to a computer. We’re such luddites – still using CD’s! I have an old laptop that may just become the music master. If it has Bluetooth.

Next hurdle is getting the rear view camera from the old camper installed on this one. It’s actually made more difficult because the new camper is “pre-wired” for a particular brand of camera. Of course, I don’t have that one. Working with my camera manufacturer to see of they make an adapter bracket. Fingers crossed. Have two weeks to get the camera installed before our maiden voyage!

5 responses

  1. “to get any reaction out of the trailer”
    I would think that once you get used to this it will be easier to back up.

    April 6, 2021 at 1:48 am

  2. Quite the setup!
    We used to have a smallish covered trailer for hauling stuff. That was enough of a bear for me to back into its parking space. Can’t imagine this, but I’m sure you’ll learn.

    April 6, 2021 at 8:40 am

    • Brian

      It’s a bit counterintuitive, but to a point, bigger trailers are easier to maneuver when you’re backing them into a parking spot. The longer wheelbase from hitch to axles makes them less twitchy. We started with a small 14 foot long hybrid and it was a bear to back up. Too easy to jack knife it. Our last one was a 25 footer that was a breeze to back in. Now our wheel base is so long as to be less responsive. I know the basics, it’s just learning the nuances now. I’m going to get plenty of practice!

      April 6, 2021 at 10:25 am

  3. margaret

    WOW. Moving your house by almost a semi. I know my husband couldn’t or wouldn’t want to do this. The snow though – geez it’s 70 something here. C’mon down with that big ass camper – it’s warmer!!

    April 6, 2021 at 10:13 am

    • Brian

      So you like our April Fools Day treat, do you? Sadly, it was 72 here just 2 days before that little blast of lake effect. Of course the snow was all but gone the next day, but it took a couple days for the temps to come around.

      We have 6 or so trips planned for this summer/fall but after New Years we are headed to Florida for a few weeks. Once we get the house sold (hopefully next year), we’ll be doing a southern swing every winter.

      April 6, 2021 at 10:33 am

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